—“Where would a wise man hide a leaf?”
—“In the forest.”
—“But what does he do if there is no forest?”
—“Well, well,” cried Flambeau irritably,
“what does he do?”
—“He grows a forest to hide it in.”


Chesterton, G.K., “The Sign of the Broken Sword”, in The Innocence of Father Brown (1911).